May 19, 2022

Iowa City Community School District Will See Reduction in Number of Librarians Next Year

From the Iowa City Press-Citizen:

School library staff in the Iowa City Community School District are considering ways to address changes that will come with staffing reductions next year.


Leaders plan to reduce elementary teacher-librarian staffing hours to see a savings of $88,000 and high school teacher-librarian staffing hours to see a savings of $59,000, according to district data. Clerical positions in the district will see $223,000 worth of cuts, which also will impact library secretary staffing.

Denise Rehmke, the district’s library coordinator, said the district is considering reducing teacher-librarian staff at the elementary and secondary level. She said the district may reduce some full-time teacher-librarian positions to half-time positions and may also reduce library support staff at district elementaries.

“That’s going to affect our ability to keep those libraries open and accessible with services throughout the school day,” she said. “That will be very challenging for us to come up with a schedule that will work that way.”

She said that although she doesn’t anticipate changes to library staffing at the district’s junior high schools or at West High, City High may see staffing changes.

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